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23 Dec 2007
Well, I bet Santa is polishing up his sleigh, checking his list (I hope all you guys/gals are on his "good" list) one final time, and briefing all the reindeer on world wide weather conditions with the help of Accuweather of course. To everybody, may I extend the warmest holiday greetings to you and your families. May all of your Christmas dreams come true.
16 Sep 2007
Yesterday, I replaced my bent antenna mast damaged on Thursday morning by surprise Hurricane Humberto :shock: . Like Hurricane Rita before it, the mast seemed to fail at winds above 60 MPH. Rita was 65, Humberto 62. My VP1 is mounted atop the mast. Anyway, this is the first time in more than six months I've had my VP1 down for any reason. During my inspection of the unit, I noticed that the covering over the solar cells have large fractures. Some, were very deep, they appeared to be exposing the actual cell. Have any VP1 owners notice this on their units? Any guess as to when the cell might fail, if at all?
3 Mar 2007
My VP 1 stopped transmitting during the nighttime hours. It was determined that the SIM board was "shot". Since that part is no longer serviced, I purchased a retro fit kit and installed it in November, 2006. Everything was working fine until we recently had two days of intense fog. The humidity reading was 100%, as it should. However, once we started to dry out so to speak, the reading was still 100%. According to the local NSW office in the days following the fog, the readings were in the upper 30's. For about 48 hours the reading on my VP was 100%! I emailed Davis. They advised me that the unit had a 90 day warranty and to call them to arrange for a new part. Since I received the email at work, I waited to get home to call. Lo and behold, when I got home, the readings seem fine. Anyone else have this problem? I don't want to lose out on my warranty coverage, but getting to the station is somewhat of a pain, since it's on my roof. Should I assume everything is OK, or go for the replacement? I don't want to replace something, and find out there is nothing wrong with it and get charged once Davis looks at the return part. As always, thanks guys.
26 Oct 2006
I ordered and received a retro fit kit for my "sick" VP 1, which I plan to install this upcoming weekend. I do have a few questions for those that may have already done the upgrade. I'm concerned that the wires from the solar panel and rain collector are not long enough to fit to the new location of the SIM board. As I recall, there does not seem to be a lot of wire with these two items. Perhaps I'm mistaken, but I don't think the wire is long enough to run down the side of the aspirators plates and under the bottom plate. Is there? Just what is the correct routing of those wires. The instructions are not very clear. Thanks
24 Jul 2006
Has anyone purchased a Transmitter Board for a VP 1 from Davis. Im having issues with my VP 1. It seems to only function in direct sunlight. Once the sun moves away from the solar array, the warning "Low Battery on Station 1" appears. Very shortly afterward, the console shows dashed lines. My thought was the battery needed replacing. I removed the board. I had the console next to me. The moment the solar panel was disconnected, the system when to dashes. I looked at the board. The device was very clean, no rust ect anywhere, including the battery terminals. I put in a new known good battery and nothing. Once I plugged in the solar panel, the unit started to work. My guess is that the capacitor has failed. There was no flashing LED on the board. Davis wants $200 plus shipping for a new board. I was shocked. A few weeks ago they told me to pack up the entire VP and send it back to them along with a check for $76.00 for repairs. Now just to send me a board, the want $200. Seems very strange. It seems so much easier to send me the board and not have the hassel to packing everything and sending it to Davis. My VP was purchased in 2001, one of the first. Does it make sense to spend $200 on a 5 year old piece of equipment? Or should I opt for a new VP2. Any thoughts.
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